"Musacchio shines as the housekeeper with fantastic acting chops and a rich contralto voice that luxuriates in the lower register"
Larry Murray, Berkshire On Stage, 2/26/13

biography

American contralto, Sharmay Musacchio recently made her debut with The New York City Opera as Mrs.Grose in their production of The Turn of the Screw. Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times, writes “The rich-voiced contralto, Sharmay Musacchio is wonderful as the well-meaning, baffled and finally desperate housekeeper, Mrs. Grose.” James Jorden of the New York Post, writes “Sharmay Musacchio’s firm contralto helped ground Mrs.Grose, the clueless housekeeper.” Ms. Musacchio has recently been featured as La Zia Principessa and Zita with Opera Southwest. Where she received praise for her “Most impressive booming alto voice as Zita and does so again as the steely toned Principessa.” Ms. Musacchio also made her Los Angeles Opera debut as the Maiden in their production of “Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny”, which won two Grammies. Ms. Musacchio was the cover for Denyce Graves in Los Angeles Opera’s production of “Grendel”, starring Eric Owens and directed by Julie Taymor.

Ms. Musacchio’s concert work includes her Carnegie Hall debut as the alto soloist in Vivaldi’s “Gloria” with the New England Symphonic Ensemble. She recently debuted as Maria with Musica Vitale in their production of Respighi’s “Laud to the Nativity.” Ms. Musacchio was the alto soloist in the San Diego Chamber Orchestra’s presentation of Handel’s "Messiah." Other recent performances include: La Zia Principessa, "Suor Angelica" fundraiser for San Diego Opera~ November, 2014. Alto Soloist, Handel's "Messiah", City Ballet, December, 2014. Eunice Hubbell, "A Streetcar Named Desire" with Townsend Opera and Fresno Grand Opera, January/February 2015. Debuted with Winter Opera St. Louis as Dame Carruthers in Yeomen of the Guard 2015, and Debuted with Pacific Opera Project as Mistress Quickly 2015.

Upcoming engagements include: Daughter (contralto) of Akhnaten, Nefertiti Cover in Akhnaten~ LAOpera 2016, Herodias Cover in Salome~ LAOpera 2017, Mother of Antonia in The Tales of Hoffmann~ starring Diana Damrau, Vittorio Griogolo and conducted by Placido Domingo, LAOpera 2017 and Giovanna in Rigoletto ~ LAOpera 2018.

In previous seasons, Ms. Musacchio has performed as a soloist with: The Los Angeles Opera, Winter Opera St. Louis, Pacific Opera Project, Opera Southwest, Sarasota Opera, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, New England Symphonic Ensemble, Portland Opera/IVAI, California Opera Association, and the San Francisco Conservatory Opera Theatre in conjunction with the San Francisco Opera.

Ms. Musacchio has worked with renowned conductors and directors: Phelim McDermott, Matt Aucoin, Placido Domingo, Marta Domingo, Josh Shaw, James Conlon, Julie Taymor, Steven Sloane, John Doyle, Jayce Ogren, Victor De Renzi, William Yannuzzi, Kevin Murphy, Dean Rhodus and Martin Wright.

Ms. Musacchio has won various awards, including: Sarasota Young Artist Apprenticeship, Portland Opera/IVAI Young Artist Apprenticeship, regional finalist Zachary Vocal Competition, and the Grand Prize winner- Art Songs of the Americas.

Ms. Musacchio holds two degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with renowned Mezzo Soprano and Stanford Voice Lecturer- Wendy Hillhouse.

 

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Opera/Operetta


Giovanna Rigoletto LAOpera - 2018
Mother of Antonia The Tales of Hoffmann LAOpera - 2017
Herodia (cov) Salome LAOpera - 2017
Daughter of Akhnaten Akhnaten LAOpera - 2016
Nefertiti (cov) Akhnaten LAOpera - 2016
Dame Carruthers Yeoman of the Guard Winter Opera St. Louis - 2015
Dame Quickly Falstaff Pacific Opera Project - 2015
Eunice Hubbell A Streetcar Named Desire Townsend Opera/Fresno Grand Opera - 2015
La Zia Principessa Suor Angelica San Diego Opera Fundraiser - 2014
Kupava The Snow Maiden Musica Vitale - 2014
Mrs. Grose The Turn of the Screw New York City Opera - 2013
La Zia Principessa Suor Angelica Opera Southwest – 2012
Zita Gianni Schicchi Opera Southwest – 2012
Dalia cov. Samson et Dalila Netherlands Radio Choir
Flora cov. La Traviata Sarasota Opera
Maid of Mahagonny Weill: Rise & Fall of the City of Mahagonny Los Angeles Opera*
The Dragon cov. Grendel Los Angeles Opera
Suzuki Madama Butterfly California Opera Association
Queen Andromache The Silver Swan California Opera Association
La Principessa Suor Angelica California Opera Association
Dido Les Troyens Sarasota Opera/YAP
Tigrana Edgar Sarasota Opera/YAP
Tisbe La Cenerentola Sarasota Opera/YAP
Pauline Pique Dame Sarasota Opera/YAP
Mermine Die Fledermaus Sarasota Opera/YAP
Meg Page Falstaff Sarasota Opera/YAP
Dorabella Così fan tutte Portland Opera/IVAI
The Sandman Hansel and Gretel SFCM Opera Theatre/SFO
La Voix The Tales of Hoffmann SFCM Opera Theatre/SFO
Ragonde Count Ory SFCM Opera Theatre/SFO
Rebecca Nurse The Crucible SFCM Opera Theatre/SFO
Mistress Quickly Falstaff SFCM Opera Theatre/SFO

* Winner of two Grammies

Concert


Beethoven Symphony 9, Alto Soloist Pacific Symphony 2016
Handel Messiah, Alto Soloist City Ballet 2014
Mozart Requiem San Diego Ballet and Symphony 2014
Vivaldi Gloria Advent Choral Service Chamber Orchestra 2013
Bach Christmas Oratorio Musica Vitale 2013
Handel Messiah San Diego City Ballet Symphony 2013
Kodaly Missa Brevis Musica Vitale 2013
Respighi Laud to the Nativity Musica Vitale 2012
Vivaldi Gloria Carnegie Hall, MidAmerica Productions 2009
Handel Messiah San Diego Chamber Orchestra 2006
Handel Messiah San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra at Davies Symphony Hall 2001, 1997 – 1999
Bach Magnificat San Francisco State Concert Series 1997

Distinctions and Awards


Best Career Mezzo-soprano California Opera Competition 2006, 2005 & 2004
West Coast Regional Finalist Zachary Vocal Competition 2004
Young Artist Sarasota Opera 2003-2004
Young Artist Portland Opera/IVAI 2001
Grand Prize Art Songs of the Americas Robert Phelps/SFCM 2001

Education


Master of Music (Vocal Performance) San Francisco Conservatory 2001
Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance) San Francisco Conservatory 1998